Food Philosophies: Alkaline Diet

This is a bit of a newer diet, made popular by Victoria Beckham in 2013, and it revolves around maintaining your body’s ideal pH level. If you were away that day in science class, pH is a scale from 0 – 14 that describes the acidity of a substance; 7 is neutral, anything below is acidic, anything above is basic, or alkaline. Your body is constantly trying to maintain a blood pH level of 7.35-7.45, and when you eat acidic foods your body has to work harder to maintain this balance. Just like testing lemon juice vs. milk with litmus paper, proponents of this diet suggest testing your second pee of the day with litmus paper, with 6.8-7.5 the ideal range. Foods Included: raw veggies, low-glycemic fruits, soybeans, tofu, nuts, seeds, legumes, millet, quinoa, buckwheat Foods Excluded: caffeine, alcohol, meat, dairy, processed/fried foods, wheat, sugar alkaline_v4 Possible Benefits:
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Boosts immunity
  • Better overall health
  • Possible weight loss
  • Possible cancer-fighting properties
Possible Drawbacks:
  • No human studies, therefore inconclusive evidence about the benefits
  • Very restrictive diet, could be difficult to stick to
  • Possible protein and calcium deficiencies
  Recipes To Try:  Tropical Green Paradise Smoothie, Basil Mint Watermelon Slushy, Banana Nut Oat Bread, Avocado Coconut Lime Popsicles   Sources: http://greatist.com/eat/what-is-the-alkaline-diet http://www.webmd.com/diet/alkaline-diets http://www.healthambition.com/alkaline-diet-review/ http://greenopedia.com/article/alkaline-diets-benefits http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/experts-disagree-over-benefits-alkaline-diet-fighting-diseases

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